Orchid Trips

The OCA sponsors Orchids in the Wild® trips to show orchids in their native habitats, show the need for conservation, and to raise money for our conservation projects. Our trips are rarely more than 15 people, are hosted by local orchid knowledgeable guides, and are accompanied by an OCA director. Many of the past trips are detailed in our newsletters.

To reserve a spot on any of our trips please send a check for $1000 per traveler made out to the Orchid Conservation Alliance to us at OCA, 564 Arden Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024. Payments, especially international payments, can also be made by wire transfer; please contact us for transfer details. Your $1000 deposit holds your place on a trip. Full payment for the trips are due as specified in the individual itineraries. Deposits and payments are refundable if we can fill your spot on the trip with another traveler. The OCA may cancel any trip, with full refunds made, before full payment due dates if the required minimum number of registrants has not been met.

Upcoming Trips for 2020

“Orchids in the Wild”: Bogotá, Colombia Jul 18th – August 10th, 2020

Tour led by Sebastian Vieira and Luis Pérez (In Situ Expeditions, Colombia) and Mary Gerritsen (Orchid Conservation Alliance) Jul 18th – August 10th This “Orchids in the Wild” trip begins in Bogotá, Colombia. The first week of the tour will be in the Amazonia region of Colombia, where we will visit lower elevation and riverine…

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“Orchids in the Wild”: Terrestrial Orchids of Western Australia September 21-Oct 1, 2020

Tour led by Andrew Brown (Western Australia Herbarium), Ron Parsons (South San Francisco) and Peter Tobias (Orchid Conservation Alliance) TRIP SUMMARY This “Orchids in the Wild” trip begins in Perth (Western Australia) on September 21, where our trip members from various parts of the world will meet for a welcome dinner at our hotel in…

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Orchids in the Wild: Southern Yunnan, March 15-27, 2020

Orchids in the Wild – Southern Yunnan NOTE: Trip is cancelled due to hazard of coronavirus. Contact Mary Gerritsen or Peter Tobias for information. March 15-27, 2020 Post World Orchid Conference Tour $4500 per person (double occupancy), $500 single supplement Pre-tour: We offer an optional pre-tour to Kunming Botanic Garden. The pretour begins on March 13…

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Past Trips

2019 OCA Trips

2018 OCA Trips

OCA Goes to Colombia

I want to announce our next Orchids in the Wild trip to Colombia. The trip runs from arrival in Pereira on November 3, 2018, and ends with departure from Cali on November 18. The trip is led by OCA’s Director Steve Beckendorf and by Colombia’s Sebastian Vieira and Luis Perez. Steve Beckendorf is one of the OCA’s better…

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Northwest Yunnan, China: May 20 – June 2 The mountains of northwest Yunnan are our destination. We will travel within Xangeri-La, and the autonomous prefectures of Lijang Naxi and Deqin Tibet to see some of the most spectacular nature of the northern hemisphere. The abundant majestic mountain ranges harbor a unique wildlife, such as the golden…

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Chiapas, Mexico: April 12-27 The trip starts by everyone meeting in the city of Villahermosa, Tabasco (Flight suggestions to come later), on April 12, 2018 from where we will travel by bus, boat, plane, and donkey(!) to various reserves, parks and other areas in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. We will visit ancient Mayan ruins,…

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Spring 2016 — Orchids of France

A fantastic trip led by Nancy Benay.

Summer 2015 — Botanical Illustration on the Brazilian Amazon

Brazilian botanical artist Dulce Nascimento and American print artist and illustrator Kathi McCord led us on a ten day trip aboard the Amazon riverboat ‘Otter’.

Spring 2015 — Orchids of Thailand

Peter Williams of Mae Tang Tours led the OCA group through temples, markets, orchid farms, wildlife sanctuaries, and mountain excursions for 15 amazing days.